Winners of the 2018 Holiday Rental Awards Announced

Rotten Point House, on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road,  wins the People’s Choice award voted by the Aussie public.

29th August 2018: HomeAway®, the new home of Stayz®, today revealed the winners of the 2018 HomeAway Holiday Rental Awards with Rotten Point House in Johanna Victoria, on the Great Ocean Road, taking out the top honours as voted on by the Australian public. 

Each year the HomeAway Holiday Rental Awards find Australia’s greatest holiday homes, and celebrates the thousands of unique holiday rentals where travellers go to create memorable and relaxing experiences.

The stunning four bedroom architecturally designed Rotten Point House home is located between Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles, boasting impressive views over the Southern Ocean and adjacent to the Great Otway National Park. The property also took out the much coveted best Design holiday home in this years awards. 

Aside from the People’s Choice, this year’s eight winning category properties were selected by celebrity judges Wendy Moore, editor of Home Beautiful and host on House Rules, and Charlie Albone, Australia’s most prominent landscape designer and Selling Houses Australia personality.

The beautiful and eclectic mix of properties featured everything from a country retreat amongst the vines in in Red Hill, Victoria, to a romantic rural retreat on a cattle farm just out of Canberra and a pod-shaped home in Agnes Waters, Queensland.

Simone McDermid, ANZ PR & Communications Manager, HomeAway said, “The uniqueness of the winning properties  across all the different categories gives Aussie travellers a good taste of how many great holiday rentals are available on HomeAway, the new home of Stayz, and is the perfect time foor people to start planning their upcoming Summer holidays which is not very far off."

The 24 winning holiday rentals from across the country were selected from eight categories: Family Friendly, Unique, Design, Nature, Indulgence, Urban, Pet Friendly and Hospitality.

Victoria properties were well represented, taking out the win in four of the eight categories, including Indulgence (Red Hill), Design (Johanna), Urban (Fitzroy North) and Hospitality (Kinglake).

Judge Wendy Moore said of the winning properties, “It was a treat to review these homes. From absolutely luxurious interiors, stunning locations and amenities that make you feel instantly spoiled, to the family friendly homes that will make your kids squeal with excitement. Not only did I see some styling that could be featured in Home Beautiful, I have a few ideas of where I’ll be booking my next holiday."

Judge Charlie Albone said the use of the surrounding outdoor spaces were spectacular.

“The way these winners utilise their backyards is so innovative and inviting to all different types of travellers. In one house, you can sleep amongst the treetops, and in another you can see the sunset over rolling hills and the water. Even the Urban category winner turned their small outdoor space into an inviting green area.”

To view the winning properties and the shortlist, visit



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Note: About The Awards

The following eight categories were judged in the 2018 Holiday Rental Award judges:

  1. Family Friendly

  2. Unique

  3. Design 

  4. Nature

  5. Indulgence

  6. Urban

  7. Pet Friendly

  8. Hospitality

About The Judging Process

  • The finalists in each category of the HomeAway Holiday Rental Awards were chosen based on the following criteria:

    • Quality of the guest reviews

    • Property image quality

    • Quality of property description and features

    • Hospitality 

    • Relevance to the category

  • Judges Wendy Moore and Charlie Albone then selected their bronze, silver and gold winners based on the following criteria:

  • How the property supports the chosen category?

  • Guest reviews

  • Quality of photographs

  • Quality of property description and features

The People’s Choice winner is based on the most votes received from a consumer promotion that ran online at from August 7-21, 2018.